I read this beautiful book with Kari from Kari-ng for books, it was such a fun buddy read and I loved discussing each chapter with her! This is a slightly paranormal, fantasy book set in Ireland that follows a set of twins visiting their great aunt Rita and the owl in the wallpaper who has its talons in the house.
The only complaint that me and Kari both had about this book was that we wanted to see more of the fantasy world! This is very much (purposefully) focused on our world, but the taster that we did get definitely whet our appetites and we with there was more!
This book has fantastic Sapphic representation, alongside familial love and territorial. Sarah Maria Griffin’s writing is simultaneously beautiful, intelligent, and dangerous. Every beautifully written sentence is laced with meaning and wrapped in barbed wire.
I was so lost within this world, within the characters. They’re intrinsically linked to both our real world, in Ireland, and also this world of magic and unknown dangers. I love how Sarah Maria Griffin links in tarot to the world, as well as drawing upon real life tragedies from Ireland’s past.
For my CAWPILE rating I gave:
With an overall score of 9.00 just squeezing in a 5 star!
Similarly to my last review, this is another one where I would recommend checking out the trigger warnings if you need them. I myself was fine, but there are a lot of possible triggers within this short book so please do take care
Highlight here for trigger warnings: house fire, sexual manipulation, fantasy addiction, mentions of magdelen laundries/forced institutionalisation, mentions of death in childbirth, parental abuse, fatmisa, emotional and physical abuse, abusive relationship, sexual manipulation, homophobia, addiction to power, body horror, body shaming, death, religious bigotry
Overall this has solidified Sarah Maria Griffin as an author I really enjoy reading from and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future! Have you read any Irish literature? Recommend me some!